Aug 182016

Come join us for an Intro to Arduino class on Sunday, Aug 21! Our ever-popular Arduino class is back for another round. Learn how to use the Arduino microcontroller to control LEDs, light sensors, buzzers, and more, including how to wire up your own circuits and how to program it using the Arduino IDE. No previous electronics  experience is required!


Grab your tickets now!

Jul 072016

We still have some tickets left for our DIY Musical Instruments class on Saturday!

Turn almost anything into a musical instrument with Teensy, an inexpensive Arduino-compatible microcontroller. The Teensy 3.2 has a bunch of touch sensors and analog and digital inputs, and it can plug into almost any music software through USB MIDI. teensy instruments

In this class, we’ll stick touch pads on any objects to make them into keyboards, drum controllers, or trigger pads. No coding or soldering experience is needed, but you’ll have the opportunity to do either or both if you like. Bring an object you’d like to instrumentify! And hurry up and buy your ticket.

instrument-a-day 7: Bottle Imp 1

Jun 302016
Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Photo courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

*** UPDATE: We’re hosting our first 6.5 hour-long cryptoparty to make more time for hands-on help with installing stuff and answering questions, like a cypherpunk Genius Bar! Come earlier than rush hour to beat the crowds! ***

CryptoParty returns to NYC Resistor on July 22nd, 2016 for a night of learning about your digital defense in the age of mass surveillance from Fort Meade and Madison Ave. Stop by 7PM anytime between 3PM and 9:30PM and enjoy snacks and skills from a variety of online security practitioners and researchers. We’re hosting a full day mix of talks and hands-on-help.


3PM: Hands-on-help! Bring your laptop.

4PM: Snacks and more help.

5PM: Stephanie Hyland is talking about encrypted email and PGP!

6PM: David Huerta helps you install PGP and will sign your key, probably.


8PM: Mallory Knodel will discuss how she trains privacy tech trainers.

9PM: Plain chillaxing.

If you’ve never been to Resistor before, check our Participate page for more info, including the Code of Conduct. Hope to see you there! If you’ve never been a CryptoParty before, please check out the CryptoParty Guiding Principles.


July 22nd, 2015 3:00PM – 9:30PM.


NYC Resistor (between Bergen and Dean)
87 3rd Ave. Floor 4 (use this OSM link if you’re Richard Stallman)
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Jun 232016

Want to learn how to sew? NYC Resistor member Becky Stern is leading a sewing class this Saturday!

sewing machine

Pick up those basic sewing skills you’ve always wanted in this total beginner class! We’ll thread needles, tie knots, sew buttons, and practice basic stitches used for clothing alteration and repair. You’ll walk away with a mix of hand and machine techniques you can use to patch ripped jeans, hem something that’s too-long, make your own curtains, and generally gain agency over your textile world.

Grab your ticket now, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jun 192016

Catalan polyhedron lamp

NYC Resistor installed a Shopbot last year and we’ve experimented with different materials. Today I spent some time testing how well the bot would cut Coroplast. This corrugated plastic is very lightweight, fairly inexpensive, and reasonably rigid when triangulated.

Shopbot tetrahedronToo much suction

There are some problems with cutting it with a rotary tool like the Shopbot, so I wrote some notes on tooling, speeds, feeds and clamping. There is likely a better way to bevel the edges than the 90 degree bit, so I’m still searching.

Jun 172016

We still have a bit of room left in our Kokedama Make-Along for this Sunday!

This is not your typical craft class.  Make-Along is a self-guided craft workshop where participants learn new skills, explore new materials and make great things!  In this session we’ll be exploring how to make lovely floating plant planets known as kokedamas, or moss balls, or awesome things you totally want to learn how to make.

Buy your ticket, and we’ll see you on Sunday!

Jun 102016

We still have a few tickets left for our Intro to Arduino class this Sunday. Who’s going to grab them?

Our Arduino intro is a 3-hour whirlwind tour, including hands-on lessons on how to use light sensors, blink LEDs, and make buzzers buzz! No prior hardware or electronics experience is required, though some basic programming experience (familiarity with for loops, variables, and functions) is helpful.